Horoscope: February 4 to 10, 2019
Astrologer Pam Younghans writes this weekly astrological journal based on planetary influences, and offers perspectives and insights to assist you in making the best use of current energies. This column is not intended as prediction. Your own experience will be more specifically defined by transits to your personal chart.
Highlighted Aspects for This Week
All times listed are Pacific Standard Time. For Eastern Time, add 3 hours. For Greenwich Mean Time, add 8 hours.
MON: New Moon 1:03 p.m.
THU: Uranus opposite Pallas Athene, Mercury sextile Mars
SAT: Mars square Nodal Axis, Mercury sextile Uranus
SUN: Mercury enters Pisces, Mercury semisquare Saturn
THE SUN AND MOON have their monthly rendezvous on Monday. The New Moon occurs at 1:03 p.m. PST, at 15°45′ Aquarius -- the “Aquarius Point of Avatar.” The influence of this visionary point is activated at the lunation and carries into the lunar cycle that unfolds over the next four weeks.
Astrologer Mary Elizabeth Jochmans explains the energies associated with the Aquarius Point of Avatar in her book An Introduction to Karmic Galactic Astrology:
"This point deals with innovative ideas for new etheric structures, new ways of being, seeing, feeling, knowing, hearing, and creating. These etheric structures must be created for the physical structures to follow."
When this point is activated, we have greater access to a cosmic vision of potentials, as well as to the beings who assist us from other dimensions.
SPIRITUAL TEACHER Matt Kahn explains that one reason many progressive ideas do not manifest, in spite of all good intentions, is that the energetic foundation has not been laid. In other words, the etheric structures have not been created that will support the physical manifestation of the ideal.
Perhaps this new Aquarius lunar cycle will assist us in both envisioning new positive potentials and creating the etheric structures that will support their development. In her book, Ms. Jochmans explains that we can accomplish this by "seeing the threads of possible etheric structures and creating them on the etheric with mind imaging, sound, symbol, or word."
I would add that an essential ingredient in our creating etheric structures is our intention. Even if we are not adept at imagining the subtle planes, we can always create strong intentions and call in the power of our guides and angels to help with manifesting those intentions on the etheric -- which is the step just before something materializes on the physical plane.
At the very least, this should be an especially powerful New Moon for creative visualization and ceremony. Our imagination and our intentions are our most effective tools for this exercise.
URANUS forms an opposition to the asteroid Pallas Athene this week. This aspect occurs every four or five years or so, and normally would not draw my attention as an important influence. But this year, due to Pallas going retrograde on February 18, the two are in aspect throughout February, with the exact opposition occurring again on February 20 and repeating for the third time on September 11.
Pallas Athene is named for the androgynous goddess of wisdom and war in mythology. Her totems were the wise owl and the serpent of knowledge -- statues of the goddess show an owl sitting on her shoulder, and the serpent coiled around her feet. Pallas was an accomplished teacher, instructing Achilles and his compatriots both in the healing arts and in the strategies of battle.
In her book Asteroid Goddesses, astrologer Demetra George writes that Pallas "is the vehicle through which thoughts take form, and thus represents the spark of intelligence that initiates the creative act ... Pallas Athene bestows the wisdom of inner vision that endows perception of whole patterns. This mental image is the seed whose fruit is the creative act. Thus, Pallas symbolizes the process of creative visualization and the knowledge of the laws of manifestation."
IT IS A TESTAMENT to the incredible intricacies of the Cosmic Plan that this emphasis on Pallas should occur in the same lunar cycle that begins with a New Moon conjunct the Aquarius Point of Avatar. And, with Uranus being the modern ruler of Aquarius, the link between the New Moon and the Uranus-Pallas opposition is also quite synchronistic.
In essence, the involvement of Uranus brings about sudden insights and unexpected developments. We are more open than usual to new concepts and enlightened perspectives. And, with Pallas being a warrior goddess, we may also be more willing to fight for our right to think for ourselves, and are not as concerned about the opinions of others.
For examples of how this Uranus-Pallas opposition can play out in the human experience, we can observe the creative and nonconformist lifetimes of singer/songwriter/activist Joan Baez, and broadcast journalist Barbara Walters, an early pioneer for the role of women in broadcasting.
ALTHOUGH we can use the influence of this aspect in positive ways, there are also cautions: We need to be very careful of overloading our nervous systems this week, and perhaps throughout the new lunar cycle. This is very electric energy, and can short-circuit more delicate nerve endings, as well as frazzle our brains. Remember the ad that warned, "This is your brain on drugs." ...?
To help us deal with this side effect, Ms. George writes, "The resolution of these challenges lies in aligning one's mental-creative impulses with the higher channels of intuition and transpersonal thought."
And, from a practical perspective, be aware of any time you start to feel "fried" mentally or energetically, and give yourself a time out from whatever you are doing. Find your favorite way of coming back into balance, and do it. With Pallas currently in Libra, some techniques that may be particularly helpful include tai chi, polarity therapy, a counseling session, and enjoyment of beauty and the arts. Also drink plenty of water, eat grounding foods, take your B vitamins and magnesium, and get good sleep.
THE OTHER ASPECT of note this week is on Saturday, when Mars in Aries is square the nodal axis. This aspect activates both ends of the polarity represented by the North Node in Cancer -- which draws us into our hearts -- and the South Node in Capricorn -- which reveals where we have become too crystallized, fearful, and controlling. We will be working with those polarities throughout the week.
Here's a list, taken from my webinar, that shows the tendencies we are moving away from (South Node in Capricorn, on the left), and the evolutionary growth we are being called to make (North Node in Cancer, on the right). I hope you will find it helpful as a way of naming both where you might be stuck, and where you can move:
- Controlling (Fearful) ... Trusting
- Selfish ... Emotionally generous
- Materialistic ... Heart-centered
- Suppressive ... Expressive
- Unsympathetic ... Empathetic
- Rigid ... Creative, intuitive
- Pessimistic ... Inspirational
- Suspicious ... Appreciative
IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK: You will have opportunities in the year ahead to expand, to take risks, and to move beyond limitations. Jupiter is in sextile aspect to your Sun throughout this year, encouraging you to stretch beyond your previous perceptions of what is possible. As in all opportunities, you are not compelled to explore the unknown -- but if you make the choice to step out of your comfort zone, there should be benefits that you might not fully see at first. Be open to the adventure!
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